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Administrative Assistant Certificate

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Become an in-demand administrative assistant

Are you seeking a high-demand career with growth potential? Do you thrive in providing exceptional customer service and supporting others? If so, an administrative assistant profession could be your ideal fit!

Clackamas Community College's Administrative Assistant Certificate program equips you with the skills and knowledge to flourish in this expanding field. Our program is designed to be flexible, affordable and accessible so you can fit the classes into your budget and busy schedule. 

In just one year, you can earn your Administrative Assistant Certificate and begin a fulfilling career in business and office administration. Businesses everywhere require skilled individuals to ensure smooth operations. Through Clackamas Community College's Administrative Assistant program, you'll gain the expertise to:

  • Manage and schedule meetings efficiently.
  • Update and maintain crucial office policies.
  • Serve as the primary point of contact for internal and external clients.

This program provides a solid foundation in administrative office support, preparing you for the full Administrative Professional Associate Degree. 

For detailed description and outcomes for this program, view the course catalog.

Required classes for the Administrative Assistant Certificate

Job Outlook

Job outlook is steady for administrative assistants 


Administrative assistants have a steady job outlook in the Portland metro area. There are over 1,300 annual openings, with pay ranging from $24 to $31 per hour depending on experience and skills. With a certificate from Clackamas Community College, you'll be well-prepared to take advantage of these opportunities and start a successful career in the administrative professional career field. 

For more information on career opportunities for this program, view the course catalog.

Discover the skills you gain with an Administrative Assistant Certificate  

In today's fast-paced work environment, administrative assistants play a critical role in ensuring smooth operations and supporting busy professionals. Earning an Administrative Assistant Certificate equips you with the essential skills and knowledge to excel in this field. 

Here's what you should gain through our Administrative Assistant Certificate program:

  • Software: Become proficient in the industry-standard Microsoft Suite, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and Teams. Manage documents, spreadsheets, presentations, email communication and collaboration tools.
  • Communication: Develop written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills. Learn to craft professional documents, emails and presentations with clarity and impact.
  • Customer service: Provide service to both internal and external customers. Refine your problem-solving skills and conflict resolution techniques to ensure positive interactions.
  • Office administration: Learn the art of organization and efficiency. Gain experience in scheduling appointments, managing calendars, filing systems, bookkeeping fundamentals and overall office management practices.
  • Teamwork and collaboration: Gain the ability to work effectively with others. Learn to collaborate seamlessly with colleagues, supervisors and clients to achieve shared goals.

By investing in your Administrative Assistant Certificate, you should be well-positioned for a rewarding career in a variety of industries.

For more information on expected outcomes of successfully completing this program, view the course catalog.

Investing in your future

Clackamas Community College offers some of the lowest tuition rates in the Portland metro area. To begin building the cost for your program, you can start with the base estimate below. 

This estimate includes the cost of tuition and the general fees applied per class and per academic term. This estimate does not include additional fees required for many courses or the cost of course materials. Contact the program to learn more about additional costs that may apply. 

You can also find more information about the costs of attending CCC on the Tuition and Fees page.

Get help paying for college

Scholarships and grants (free money!) are available for students in this program. For help with financial aid and scholarships, contact the Financial Aid Resource Lab.  


See where your certificate can take you

The classes you take in this program can help you earn additional certificates or degrees. Take one step at a time and know that each step gets you closer to your future goals. Even if you decide to change direction later, you will have a solid foundation to build on to keep moving forward.

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